Thursday, June 17, 2010

My creative space.

Soon after we moved here nine years ago, we bought a couple of rolls of woollen blanket from Creswick Woollen Mills and Bren's Nana and Mum came up and we had a curtain-a-thon. Woollen blanket is non flammable and we live in a high risk bush fire area.

Last week I was complaining about how non creative my wardrobe is, so this week I made a skirt out of some leftovers of that woollen blanket.

No pattern. I cut around another skirt, put a zip in the side and when it was a bit falley downy, I added two darts in the back.

And then I stitched on the lace trim I crocheted.

I am loving the wool and crocheted cotton combination at the moment and have a gazillion ideas running through my mind about where to take it next.

I am wearing and loving my Leonie/Michelle wrap even though it is still about four rows too short and I haven't darned the ends in. Who knows when I'll ever get to the wool shop in Ballarat again.

Bren likes the lining side of the skirt. Its a vintage sheet. I'll have to do something about the zip this way though. There must be such thing as a reversible zip out there somewhere.

Its been a crazy, intense week of looking after a sick two year old who wouldn't let me out of her sight. But its been cold and wintery outside and its been kind of nice to be stuck inside cuddling and crocheting on the couch.

Happy Thursday y'all.
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77 comments:

  1. I'm loving that outfit. It's perfect for a wintery day. I'm wanting to make that wrap too, was it easy?
    Have a lovely week & stay warm.

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  2. I'm with Bren. :) Nothing beats a vintage sheet, though your crocheted trim comes pretty darned close! Hope Miss Pepper's on the mend...

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  3. Just gorgeous!!! I love the outdoors wintery photoshoot too. You will have to enter it in sew mama sew's made it wear it for the month of June :0)

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  4. Your wrap looks gorgeous & the skirt deliciously warm.

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  5. I love it Kate, it looks great on you. I had to laugh because I made a skirt very out of very similar things a few weeks ago, but its wrap around, mine doesn't have the gorgeous crochet trim though! I haven't worn mine yet cause I'm not a very skirty kind of person, but I'm warming up to it.

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  6. Kate.

    I hate you.

    You put us all to shame in so many ways.... ;)

    PS I'm sure there Is a zip that would work... I'm sure of it.. any more help than that however... I cannot be. So, looking back, that is a rather useless addition to my comment. *coughs*

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  7. Gorgeous outfit.
    (Love those boots too!!)
    Hope Pepper feels better soon.
    Andi x

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  8. I am in love with both your skirt and your wrap - both are just gorgeous! I am really liking the mix of wool with crochet/doily too at the mo.

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  9. I love the whole wardrobe spice it up thing going on....You have got some serious style :)

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  10. I love the combination of grey and cream at the moment. Thats a lovely wearable skirt that will 'go' with everything!
    P.S Youll love MonetPaisleys sweater combo for the girls,x

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  11. Looks lovely and warm, exactly the thing needed at the moment. If you insert the zipper into the outer skirt, then tack the lining down on the inside, effectively the zip will be between the two layers, and won't be noticeable from either side. (Even though the puller will be on the woollen side only) Hope this makes sense, and it looks great anyway :)!

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  12. oh you are looking fab! love, love the skirt with trim, you are dressed like a crochet queen, love it!

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  13. Gorgeous skirt! Love the whole outfit actually, looks very toasty and warm.

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  14. oh, I love your skirts, its incredible to see such gorgeousness made from remnants...love it. I hope your little ones are on the mend soon, I can so relate and did a whole post on cold and flu's this week in between hot forehead patting and tissue picking up off the flooring(do any kids put them in bins??)

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  15. So clever!
    Love the crochet trim - just the perfect finishing touch.
    Hope Miss Pepper is back to full strength soon.

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  16. Love the skirt, the crochet trim is gorgeous. Maybe a long top will help with the zipper issue?

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  17. Love your skirt and the wrap! and the beautiful woodland setting for your photos!

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  18. That is a fantastic outfit - well done!

    I think that vest works better crocheted than knitted (and as a knitter I don't think I've said that about anything before). It doesn't look too short, unless of course it's too draughty.

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  19. Both sides are nice but I'm loving the wool and crochet too Kate!

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  20. LOVE the reversible skirt, what a gorgeous idea! Your wrap looks snug, perfect to be wearing it on these rdiculously cold days...

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  21. It's creative space WRAP-TASTIC week! Skirt is a dream too. Nothing like walking around in a portable woolly blanket.

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  22. Look how it comes together perfectly. The boots rock and it wouldn't be complete with out the crochet trim... Great recycling too. Good to know your skirt won't catch fire too...

    Xo Steph

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  23. Oh Kate, I seriously LOVE LOVE LOVE that wool skirt. It's the total bomb, I love the lace on it. Just love it.
    And well I'm loving the wrap too.
    You are just amazing. xo

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  24. Wow dont you look gorgeous, that skirt looks really warm and I love the wrap - lovely colour!

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  25. I just love the skirt, wool and crochet trim side out especially. There are such things as reversible zips, but I've only ever seen them in really chunky weights for jackets. How about a wrap skirt? You could make the fronts quite wide and have them as two different vintage sheets and then decide which one will be the "front" depending on which is lapped over which - then it'd be THREE skirts in one. (Hey - I have to try that myself!)

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  26. Love your skirt Kate with the crocheted trim, perfect for winter. Your wrap looks great too. I keep seeing different ones on raverly that are knitted and keep thinking how great they will be for winter.

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  27. LOVE it!!!!!
    I have been meaning to try Leonie's wrap skirt as I cannot possibly crochet a wrap even though they look great.
    and I love those pics Kate!
    happy day, hugs to you & hope Miss Pep feels better soon.

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  28. LOVE it - both inside and out and as for the gorgeous crocheted trim - Awesome! x

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  29. great outfit ~ love the "reversible" skirt
    hope the little one is feeling better

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  30. love your new outfit, just gorgeous colours. the lining side is pretty cute.
    hope you get a little time out/rest :)

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  31. your outfit is gorgeous Kate I think you always look creative!!!

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  32. Oh...KATE!!!!!! That vest looks GORGEOUS!!!! It's sitting beautifully....and that skirt..you have given me some ideas here for a stash of grey I have sitting on my cutting table. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

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  33. Reversible zippers, just mean that the pull can flip from one side to the other, and are usually heavier and longer than normal skirt or dress zippers because they are meant to be used in jackets.

    You can always shorten a zipper.
    just sew it in, reinforce the bottom by sewing back and forth over the teeth and cut off the excess zipper about and inch lower than the stitching.

    You could hide it by putting it in as a lapped zipper, or you could show it off by stitching it between the layers and letting the teeth show, or not, depending on how much you would like to see.

    Have fun!

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  34. I love the skirt (especially the trim), and the vest looks brilliant! I have half a ball of what I think is that colour (left over from the hat) - if by some amazing coincidence it's the same dyelot, I could post it to you? Though it might not make it to you until Monday and you might have been able to get more by then!! Let me know :-)

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  35. lovely with a 'raw' edge as always - such bush style.

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  36. super cute Kate & dabbling in a bit of blanky love meself :)

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  37. I love the woolen skirt & your trim works perfectly.

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  38. Glad you made some more things for you. You and your wardrobe deserve a treat after all of the nice things you make for your girls. Both the skirt and the wrap look great.

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  39. After seeing that gorgeous ensemble in person yesterday, I walked away wondering if you'd made it..all the while knowing that of course you would have. I love it - both pieces are so great...I am seeking a crochet teacher??? Id love to make that wrap. Peta

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  40. thats it! All my WIPs are being flung aside... your wrap looks INCREDIBLE and I want one BADLY!

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  41. Wow Kate! I am awed by how far you are coming along with your fantastic garment designing. Awesome work!

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  42. You're one sexy model, that's for sure. We have got to sandwich that zip in between the lining and the blanket fabric. WE MUST DO IT. If you bring it with you next time we can do a bit of micro surgery....glove up now!

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  43. Hey beautful, look at you strutting your stuff! love the grey skirt, how fab to have a stash of grey blanket, its so...practical & gorgeous. I like the skirt shape too and the lining is a little bit of sunshine on the inside. Won't see you at drop off as I'm doing to Melb tonight to see Char, coffee next week? Much love xo

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  44. Just cut around another skirt and add a zip....you make it sound so simple! ;-) Love that crochet trim and your shrug!

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  45. GORGEOUS, everything is gorgeous! Do Bendigo Woollen Mills do free postage for small orders? Just thinking about the extra rows for your wrap, but it does look great anyway.

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  46. Great outfit! That is my fav way of making a skirt.

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  47. It looks fab you creative wench!
    Love your boots too :o)

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  48. I am really wanting to make some of that cute lace, how do I do it? What sort of cotton do you use?

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  49. love love love what you did!!!! You are a great inspiration =)

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  50. Oh poor little Pepper. Is she still sick? You must be exhausted. LOVE your skirt. I didn't know that about it being non flammable. I've got a couple of vintage cream blankets in my sewing room. I might have to dye them and make something with them now you have inspired me. Hope Pepper is better soon.

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  51. O clever girl, it looks just wonderful and I love the lining too!

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  52. Love the skirt, and I bet it's warm too. Got a sick little one here too - maybe I should try my luck at crochet again!

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  53. My god. I love it. And I just about audibly gasped when I saw the wrap. It's perfect. Great pics, by the way.

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  54. Yep, complete winter awesomeness again!

    Of course reversible zips exist: sew them between the layers and the little pull-thingy (which I'm sure has a name) can flip over to each side. Spotlight or similar will have them.

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  55. Great skirt - i love the lace against the wool, very sassy.

    Hope little one is better soon.

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  56. beautiful beautiful outfit! particularly love that skirt, you've done a fantastic job!! the crochet trim just makes it perfect i think.

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  57. You are so very clever! Gorgeous work

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  58. Oh my goodness, it's gorgeous! inside & out. And i'm loving your crochet trim, it must have taken ages. good stuff x

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  59. no need to sell me on the merits of vintage sheets ... i love your collection. hope the little one is feeling better.
    My Creative Space

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  60. Love love love it - well done - what a grat use for left overs:)

    Love the crochet vesty as well - have favoured it and will start one of these for me soon (Oh yes I will!)

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  61. Love your outfit !!
    You are so clever. The crochet vesty
    is so fancy, and love that you can use the skirt at both sides.
    Have a nice weekend !!
    Cecilie

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  62. Kate -- you and your beautiful blog are such an inspiration to me. Your wrap and skirt are both ace. xx

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  63. I LOVE the skirt and the wrap! My girls both saw the wrap on two and six and want one each!!! I think it's next on my project list. You know we live in Saudi Arabia, but nevermind!

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  64. Great skirt! I love the crocheted lace with the grey, makes me wish I could crochet :) And sew skirts :)

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  65. Love love love the skirt!! What a great idea. Cool photo on this week's Weekly Times too - it was an interesting article :)

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  66. wow..love the Grey wool and crochet too! still haven't forgotten the holly hobby pillow case I will get it to you one of these dazes :-)

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  68. Fab skirt! And the wrap too! Gosh - you have such a wicked way of putting things together. I want to live closer to you so you can be my personal stylist!

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  69. this is a fantastic skirt !! so clever

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  70. Looking good Kate!
    Hope your baby girl feels better soon. So awful being sick.

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  71. Nice warm delicious looking skirt and lovely W I D E format on the blog! Lovely to see your photos so BIG!

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  72. you wonderful stylish little thing you! i love those boots, rockin!
    xx

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  73. I've officially begun one of these wraps! I'm posting my progress... am a bit nervous about the fact that I've only done one front bit and have used almost 3 balls of wool!!!!! Might be too long... god I hope not, I don't want to frog it!

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  74. Oh gorgeous, you look divine! Straight out of a fashion mag for sure - LOVE it well done ;)

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  75. LOVE it. It must be so deliciously snuggly knowing you're wearing what was once a blanket!

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  76. This is really cool! Double well done!x

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  77. How lovely - gorgeous colours and fabrics!

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